Archive for March, 2009

Vendio Platform – Customizing Your Create Items Forum

Monday, March 30th, 2009

View Options – Customize One of the things that is unique to the new Vendio platform is the ability to customize based on your business needs. This ability to customize has also been brought into the create items process. I remember when I first started selling on eBay – the listing form was one page [...]

With Vendio FREE Stores – Gallery Style Widget Now Available

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The first widget for the FREE Vendio Store has arrived! (and yes, the Widget is FREE too) Like the Vendio Store, its customizable and can be easily pasted on your blog or website. As you can see in the below image – I’ve selected the pretty Vendio colors for my widget, but choose what suits [...]

Building your FREE Vendio Store

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I’ve had a lot of questions about what “FREE” Vendio Store costs. So let me clear that up right off the bat. FREE actually does mean FREE. No catch. I’ve actually gotten a lot emails where people are asking me, “how much are the image fees”, or “how much are final value fees” – so to be super clear – The Vendio Store is 100% FREE. There are no image fees for Store Items. There is no Final Value Fees (Success Fees) for Store Items. There are no listing fees for Store Items. There are no hosting fees for Stores (and YES, you can use your own domain). In other words – FREE means free.<–really Today, we’ll take your through building your Store. The Store Designer is located under Items (Items>Store Designer) and there are four sections to help you get started in building your Store:
The Free Online Store Builder is where you create the FRAME of your store (vs. entering items, which is done under Items>Create Items).

Your Store URL and Status
Select the name of your store, unless you want to use your own domain (Use “Your Store Hosting” section to use your own domain). Set your store visibility (store is visible, store is not visible). We recommend that you have the store not visible until you have completed your set up and have some items available for purchase.

Your Store Template
Choose your basic template. These are customizable and you can change elements and colors when you enter “customize your store”.

Your Store Hosting
Use this section if you have your own domain. Easy to follow installation instructions provide even the novice with the ability to host your Vendio Store on your own domain.

What does this really mean?
When you host on Vendio the URL of your store shows as
http://stores.beta.vendio.com/yourstorename/
When you host on your own domain, the URL of the store is your domain as:
http://yourstorename.com

Customize Your Store
Click on the Customize Store Button to bring up the Store Editor.

..Arriving at the Store Editor
All the elements with the red dashes around them can be moved. You’ll want to create a layout that fits your business needs. Play around moving items until you are happy with the results.

Under Templates, you can select a new template, change colors or fonts, and once you are happy with your selections, select “SAVE”.

You have now built your store!! Congratulations!!

We’ll keep the blog posts on the new FREE Vendio Store coming. Next up, we’ll talk more on how to customize your store, how to add pages, logos, categories, Google analytics and SEO and more.

Slides from Vendio’s Seminar on “Marketing Your Website on a Budget”

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Thanks to the 100+ ASD/AMD trade show folks who attended our early morning seminar on “Marketing Your Website on a Budget”. It’s always great speaking to a packed house and answering questions on ways to leverage online marketing vehicles to drive customer acquistion for free or almost free. It was also great to see the interest in the our new Vendio Platform and the 100% free store.

For those of you attending ASD/AMD and are not yet a part of Internet Merchants Association , I highly recommend using your pass and checking them out. IMA is a non-profit organization that offers resources to help you grow your business, networking opportunities, best practices and more. Learn more about IMA here.

As promised, here are the slides as well as notes from this morning’s presentation. Remember, there are two more days left in this conference and Vendio will be presenting on one more topic & leading two educational round-tables:

Please join us as Michael Levit, VP of Marketing & Business Development, presents the following topics:

Wednesday, March 18th – 10:00am to 10:30 am
Sands Expo Convention Center
“Getting the Most from your Websites

Round-table Discussions
(Tuesday – Wednesday from 12:30 to 3pm)

  • Effectively Manage Inventory Across Multiple Channels (ideally scheduled after the presentation)
  • Understanding Costs and Projecting Revenue using Historical eBay Data

Customizing the Vendio Platform

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

With the launch of the new Vendio Platform, we wanted to do a series of blog posts that help explain some areas of the Vendio Platform in order to get the most out of your service. Today, we’re going to talk “gears”. A Gear defined by our friend Miriam: a mechanism that performs a specific [...]

A Note About Free Online Stores by Vendio

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

We’ve received some really great feedback about the new Vendio Stores. There have been some questions/comments regarding a credit charge “charge” and I wanted to nip them in bud. Vendio Stores are 100% free. There are no listing fees, no image hosting fees, no domain fees and no final value fees. You may be asking yourself, if that’s the case, then why is Vendio asking for a credit card?

We ask for a credit card to verify your identity and to prevent fraud. You may see what appears to be a charge on your credit card for $12.95. This is a pre-authorization that we use to verify that the credit card is not fraudulent. No funds will be taken from your account and your card will not be charged.

Questions? Just drop a comment below.

Join Vendio at the Internet Merchants Association Conference

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Vendio is proud to sponsor the Internet Merchants Association 3rd Annual conference in Las Vegas. The IMA conference is held in conjunction with ASD/AMD Trade Show. This is a great partnership because as a seller, you can not only learn about how to grow your business, but also source great products to sell from hundreds of vendors. The theme for this year’s conference is: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive In This Economy.

Please join us as Michael Levit, VP of Marketing & Business Development, presents the following topics:

Monday, March 16th – 8:00 am
ASD/AMD @ Sands Expo Convention Center, Room 107
“Marketing My Website on a Budget”

Wednesday, March 18th – 10:00 to 10:30am
Sands Expo Convention Center. Rooms 302/303
“Getting the Most from Your Websites”

I will also be hosting two round-table discussions:

  • Effectively Manage Inventory Across Multiple Channels (ideally scheduled after the presentation)
  • Understanding Costs and Projecting Revenue using Historical eBay Data

Click here to learn more about the conference.

Click here to register.

Airfare and hotel in Las Vegas is very reasonable. Use Sidestep.com to find the best fares. Drop me a note if you’re planning to attend – can’t wait! Vendio will also have a very special offer for conference attendees.